I am a lifetime listener with a huge appreciation for music.
I grew up listening to The Beatles and the rest
of the British invasion. At the same
time I was exposed to Count Basie, Duke
Ellington, and the rest of the music from
big band era. This was due primarily to my dad's
vast collection of 78rpm records. I
loved it all...the Basie and The Beatles (I still
do). From all those old records one
artist that immediately and always jumped out
at me was the Oscar Peterson Trio.
Over the years many types of music have
impacted my life. In no particular order,
blues, fusion, hard bop, progressive rock, jazz,
hard rock, latin jazz, vocalists, and
harmonies would head that list. A sampling of
such artists being Freddie King, Elvin Jones,
Stevie Ray Vaughn, Miles Davis, Leni Stern, John
Coltrane, Jeff Beck, Pink Floyd, Count Basie,
Diana Krall, Porcupine Tree, Wayne Shorter, Mike
Stern, Tony Williams, CSNY, Al Di Meola, Ella
Fitzgerald, Herbie Hancock, Led Zeppelin, BB
King, David Sanborn, Duke Ellington, and
Stephane Grappelli. A short list for sure. There
are so many more. But
again, just a sampling. I love live music for sure.
But it is a rare day that I don't
find myself at some point deep in to something
on my stereo or on headphones.
Even though I am retired, there is only so much
time.......and so much great music
My Jazz Story
Published on: 2017-09-21
I love jazz because...jazz is soothing...jazz is
beautifully complex....jazz is Django and Steve
Gadd....jazz is cool...jazz is hard
bop and big band....jazz is cats, birds, and
chops...jazz is Hank Mobley and Hiromi.....jazz
enriches the soul....jazz is hot....jazz is
fusion and the blues....jazz is Paul Chambers and
Jean Luc Ponty...jazz is evocative... jazz is at the
center of the universe...jazz is
Michel Petrucciani and Michael Brecker...jazz is
free and invigorating...jazz is timeless....jazz is
bebop and latin...jazz is Vinnie
Colaiuta and Marcus Miller...jazz is the Blue
Note...jazz is an eternal groove...jazz is
essential...jazz is Freddie Hubbard and Joe
Sample...jazz is forever.
My House Concert Story
Over the past few years my wife and I have hosted several house concerts. on our backyard stage. An intimate setting for about 30-40 friends and family members to enjoy live music under the stars and under the lights. Worsley Gardens, as it if affectionately known, provides a listening room environment.....even if it is outdoors.
If one magical night stands out it is the evening that the great vocalist, guitarist, and ngoni player Lenis Stern and her band traveled our home. I must emphasize the word travel. Having played the night before in Washington, DC, they then flew cross country to San Diego and then went another 120 miles back east to our home. After the pleasure of having Leni, percussionist Alioune Faye, and bassist Mamadou Ba spend the night at our home, it was back to the airport in San Diego the next morning. They had a gig in Santa Fe, New Mexico that evening. The great lengths they went to in order to sandwich in show at our home was not lost on us. It just made the occasion that much more special. and will never be forgotten.
In between all the traveling we were treated to a full performance of rich and vibrant African infused fusion. Leni's angelic voice and impeccable phrasing lending itself seamlessly to the sounds of her ngoni and guitar. While Ba was busting the bottom end and deftly steering the ship, Faye talents and rhythms on a variety of traditional African percussion instruments left the crowd slack jawed and wide eyed. Still, it was Leni who shined brightly in every moment. The efforts to get to Worsley Gardens aside, this was a show for the ages.....and in our own backyard....wow!!